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Distilling and applying criteria for best practice EIA Follow-Up

Pinto, E., Morrison-Saunders, A., Bond, A., Pope, J. and Retief, F. (2019) Distilling and applying criteria for best practice EIA Follow-Up. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management . In Press.

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Follow-up is an essential component of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) if the success of EIA in improving the sustainability of a project once implemented is to be determined. This paper aims to establish universally-applicable criteria for EIA follow-up to evaluate project performance once assessed and underway. A suite of 24 criteria is derived from EIA follow-up best practice principles published by the International Association for Impact Assessment. The criteria are categorized according to the five dimensions of EIA follow-up: monitoring, evaluation, management, communication and governance. Posed as questions, the criteria support qualitative assessments of EIA follow-up performance for a project. Through application of the criteria to a case study currently under construction (the Shell Cove Marina project in eastern Australia), we found they provided an effective basis for a document review process delivering a short but informative account of the follow-up performance of the case study. The more robust evaluation of some of the criteria, particularly in the governance category, would require supplementary techniques such as interviews.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Publisher: Imperial College Press
Copyright: © World Scientific Publishing Europe Ltd.
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